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I’ve spent the last day or so preoccupied by a question: Why is Hannah Horvath, Lena Dunham’s “Girls” protagonist, this villain, not just an anti-heroine but (conflated with her creator) blamed for the election of Donald Trump… while Rory Gilmore, that other television-show protagonist, is… fine, somewhat despised in light of her reappearance in the reboot miniseries as a floundering 32-year-old (see Thea Glassman on Rory, and on the show’s Jewish angles), but not poised to become the new face of millennial entitlement?
In perhaps the least surprising aspect of this election cycle, Hillary Clinton’s final moment in the spotlight, her likely-to-be-last day or so as a source of general interest, her last blip of fame before she fades into ‘oh yeah, that former first lady who once tried to be president,’ has involved a discussion not of policies, not even of pantsuits, but of makeup or lack thereof. A New York Post story, “Clinton gets mixed reaction after going makeup-free for speech,” helpfully assembles an apparent Twitter dispute over the “decision to forgo her beauty prep at the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, DC, Wednesday night.”
Back in July, when I saw that Lena Dunham was speaking at the Democratic National Convention, I can’t say this struck me as the best idea. A writer and performer known largely for the accusations of nepotism and privileged obliviousness she elicits from across the political spectrum was maybe not the wisest pick for a candidate trying to fend off accusations of the same. Why was Hillary Clinton going with a celebrity surrogate unlikely to resonate with swing voters, and likely to put off members of her own side? There had, by that point, been countless think-pieces on Lena Dunham’s privilege, mostly coming from the left, and mostly aimed at (and, I’d guess, penned by) millennials, the demographic Dunham was supposed to attract.
“For those in need of a pantsuit, consider some of the options from the fall 2016 runways.”
As I hope many of you did as well, I voted for Hillary Clinton this morning. I wish I could say that this was a moving, overwhelming, emotionally fulfilling experience. But… not so much? I was beyond excited to vote for Clinton – for someone with her experience, qualifications, and positions on numerous issues. But I’m not excited, exactly, about having voted for a first female president. Rather, I’m angry. I’m not angry that Clinton isn’t the perfect candidate — no one is! I’m angry that this is, in 2016, a “first.” I’m angry that it’s taken so long for a woman to be a major-party presidential candidate in the first place. I could see being excited, as a Jew, to vote for a first Jewish president, but ack, this isn’t the same. Women are not a marginalized minority. We’re a marginalized half of the population. I’m frightened of the possibility of a Trump presidency, but angry at the notion that I should feel grateful if a fellow woman wins.